Anthony Davis had 30 points and 15 rebounds, including a put-back dunk for the late lead, and the Los Angeles Lakers erased a 27-point deficit in a 111-108 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.
LeBron James scored 26 points as the Lakers won their fourth in five games by turning a showcase of stars from a laugher into a thriller that featured 13 lead changes in the fourth quarter.
Luka Doncic scored 26 points for the Mavs, but the youngest of the four superstars was limited and frustrated after a 14-point first quarter that sent Dallas on its way to the huge lead.
Kyrie Irving had 21 points and 11 rebounds for Dallas, but didn’t take over in the fourth quarter the way he did in his first victory with Doncic since the trade from Brooklyn – over lowly San Antonio.
Davis and James were the fourth-quarter standouts as trade acquisition D’Angelo Russell sat out after spraining his ankle in a victory over defending champion Golden State in the previous game.
LeBron made a 3 then a layup to start the fourth period. He then spent a few minutes on the bench getting treatment on his foot before returning for the final 6:49. He converted three bully-ball post layups in crunch-time and finished with 26 points (10-of-23 FG), 8 rebounds, and 3 assists in 37 minutes.
Afterward, Darvin Ham provided a somewhat encouraging update on LeBron.
“He’s good. Our medical people are looking at him right now. He’ll get reevaluated again in the morning. And so once we get some type of official word tomorrow, we’ll go from there. But, as of right now, he’s good.”
LeBron, meanwhile, acknowledged that his foot has “been better” and he’ll monitor it over the next few days. He was noticeably limping postgame.
“It’s been better. But I definitely wasn’t going to locker room and not finish the game. The importance of this game and then the momentum that we had, I felt like we could steal one after being down.”
espite their record, they are only 1.5 games behind the New Orleans Pelicans for the tenth seed (the final play-in tournament spot).
As for the Mavs, they are the sixth seed (the final guaranteed playoff spot) in the Western Conference with a 32-29 in 61 games.
Over the last ten games, they have gone 6-4, and they are an outstanding 20-10 in the 30 games they have hosted at home in Dallas, Texas.
Vanderbilt an unsung hero
The Lakers have sorely missed a long, do-it-all forward over the past two seasons. Jarred Vanderbilt wasn’t the headliner of the Westbrook-Russell trade, but there’s a growing likelihood he’s the most impactful player in the deal. Vanderbilt had 15 points, 17 rebounds (a season high) and four steals (tied his season high) against the Mavericks. His eight offensive rebounds tied his career high and helped the Lakers’ offense stay afloat on a night they made just 17.6 percent of their 3s.
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